Sri Lanka tour of India, 5th ODI: India v Sri Lanka at Delhi, Dec 27, 2009
27 December 2009 (50-over match)

9.15 The Indians had their customary huddle. The Sri Lankan openers are in the middle. Zaheer has the ball. Two slips in place. Shall we?

8.50 Finally. Out of the haze emerge Ravi Shastri, the two captains, and the match referee. They should get some background music playing. "Wild Thing" would be apt. Loud cheers as MS Dhoni wins the toss and opts to field in chilly and foggy conditions. Says he enjoyed his time off with family and wants to end 2009 with a win. For India, no Tendulkar and Sudeep Tyagi debuts. For Sri Lanka, no Jayawardene and no Malinga. In come Welegedara and Pushpakumara, who makes his ODI debut.

Seeing as we have a delayed start, you could read part two of Nagraj Gollapudi's interview with Sanath Jayasuriya, who completes 20 years of international cricket. Here are some of his best efforts.

8.45 Still no sign of the captains. The toss has been sent for a toss.

8.35 The game will start 15 minutes late due to the conditions. Breaking news: Sunil Gavaskar, during his pitch report, says the surface looks like "a hair transplant". Stunning description that. Anyway, there's a decent crowd gathered to cheer their team in the dead rubber. There are four players from Delhi in the Indian team, plus two Delhi Daredevils players in Dinesh Karthik and Tillakaratne Dilshan. So plenty to cheer for the Kotla faithful. Meanwhile the Sri Lankans are warming up. Chillier than Colombo, innit?

I am your commentator, Jamie Alter. Kanishkaa will handle the second innings. Sanjay is on scoring.

8.30 OK, it seems the toss has been pushed back due to the fog. The last match here was a low-scorer, with India chasing a target of 230 with six wickets in hand. If you remember, during the Champions League Twenty20 the pitch played slow and low and the seam bowlers found a lot of assistance. With the fog delaying play a bit, its probably a good decision to field. Stay tuned for more.

8.20 Good morning and welcome to the final match of this very long series. It looks like a typically gloomy winter morning in the nation's capital, and lurking in the fog out there are a few players and spectators. Pretty, pretty chilly morning, I can tell you. Pretty, pretty, pretty pretty chilly. Toss up in ten minutes.

0.1

Khan to Tharanga, OUT, bowled em! What a terrific start for Zaheer, who pitches the ball up to Tharanga and seams the ball back in from around outside off stump, beats a loose forward push, and clips the top of middle

WU Tharanga b Khan 0 (1m 1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

Well, well, well. Some movement first up. Gem of a ball, just made him play and he paid the price for leaving a bit of a gap between bat and pad. The crowd is alive. Jayasuriya takes guard.

0.2

Khan to Jayasuriya, no run, good ball again, pitched up to get some movement, and does get some, but Jayasuriya presses forward and plays the ball back watchfully

0.3

Khan to Jayasuriya, no run, fuller length, marginally, and the movement draws an inside edge onto pad as Jayasuriya thrusts forward

0.4

Khan to Jayasuriya, 1 run, now a short ball into the body, which Jayasuriya fends at and gets a glove on, and the ball rolls down into the gap at short fine leg

0.5

Khan to Dilshan, 1 run, short of a length outside leg stump and Dilshan nudges it toward square leg to open his account

0.6

Khan to Jayasuriya, no run, tempts him with a fullish ball outside off but Jayasuriya gets across and shoulders arms to leave well enough be

Top over from Zaheer. Its 2 for 1.

End of over 1 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 2/1 (RR: 2.00)

    • ST Jayasuriya 1 (4b)
    • TM Dilshan 1 (1b)
    • Z Khan 1-0-2-1

Ashish Nehra marks his run-up.

1.1

Nehra to Dilshan, no run, dropped! Oh no, whats Raina done? Nehra bowls it wide, drawing Dilshan into a firm slash to cover where Raina leaps up, gets hold of it, but spills it

Its very hazy out there ...

1.2

Nehra to Dilshan, 1 run, hits a length, Dilshan drives hard down toward mid-off

1.3

Nehra to Jayasuriya, no run, slides down the pads, he walks across to try and glance but mistimes the ball off his pads to midwicket

1.4

Nehra to Jayasuriya, 1 wide, too fine down the pads, no contact on the ball, and wide called

1.4

Nehra to Jayasuriya, no run, good length outside off stump and no shot offered

1.5

Nehra to Jayasuriya, no run, fuller ball, angles in and stays low, Jayasuriya covers off stump and again shoulders arms

1.6

Nehra to Jayasuriya, no run, good ball, back of a length and making him defend

It was a good over, and should have gotten a wicket. Dilshan smacked that ball hard, Raina went up and took it, but couldn't latch on. Costly error? We will find out.

End of over 2 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 4/1 (RR: 2.00)

    • ST Jayasuriya 1 (8b)
    • TM Dilshan 2 (3b)
    • A Nehra 1-0-2-0
    • Z Khan 1-0-2-1
2.1

Khan to Dilshan, 1 run, hits a good length, straightens, Dilshan stands back and defends the ball into the off side, the single is called for, Raina runs in from cover but cannot collect well

Dilshan has a word with the umpires, seems like he's got a problem sighting the ball. It isn't the best of conditions. Pretty hazy. Could be the sightscreen though. The players stand around while the officials gather to have a chat. Gambhir, the local boy, seems to be offering some explanation to the batsmen. Or they could be discussing climate change. OK, after a seven-minute delay, we resume.

2.2

Khan to Jayasuriya, no run, hits a good length and Jayasuriya defends well

2.3

Khan to Jayasuriya, no run, presses forward to a fuller ball and pokes at it, getting an inside edge

2.4

Khan to Jayasuriya, FOUR, pitches short of a length and sits up to surprise Jayasuriya, who doesn't go for it as he hops back, the ball clips his elbow and flies past the slips for four ... yes, his elbow, and goes for runs

2.5

Khan to Jayasuriya, no run, back of a length outside off and he leaves it be for Dhoni

2.6

Khan to Jayasuriya, no run, ah! Ends the over by pitching it full and moving it away, Jayasuriya flashes and misses

Good stuff from Zaheer.

End of over 3 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 9/1 (RR: 3.00)

    • ST Jayasuriya 5 (13b 1x4)
    • TM Dilshan 3 (4b)
    • Z Khan 2-0-7-1
    • A Nehra 1-0-2-0

There's a very silly mid-off in place ...

3.1

Nehra to Dilshan, no run, hits a length on middle and off and straightens it and Dilshan defends

Really hazy ... having a tough time seeing whats happening!

3.2

Nehra to Dilshan, no run, not much footwork as Dilshan flashes a fuller ball to point

3.3

Nehra to Dilshan, 5 runs, back of a length, cracked into the off side, Raina runs to his right from cover and throws at the nonstriker's end as Dilshan runs off, but misses and Dilshan gets four runs for free

3.4

Nehra to Jayasuriya, no run, spits up from a length off a dicey patch and surprises Jayasuriya, who doesn't spot it and takes it high on the shoulder

3.5

Nehra to Jayasuriya, FOUR, now he overpitches outside off and Jayasuriya puts that away on the rise into the gap at extra cover

3.6

Nehra to Jayasuriya, no run, better delivery, on a length on off stump, pushed with a straight bat to mid-off and sets off but Dilshan waves him back as the fielder collects and releases

There are some spots from where the ball is jumping up. And it's not easy to spot.

End of over 4 (9 runs) Sri Lanka 18/1 (RR: 4.50)

    • ST Jayasuriya 9 (16b 2x4)
    • TM Dilshan 8 (7b)
    • A Nehra 2-0-11-0
    • Z Khan 2-0-7-1
4.1

Khan to Dilshan, no run, slides down the pads, Dilshan gets back and tries to pull, he gets cramped and the ball runs off his pads to short fine leg, he sets off and Dhoni collects the ball, then Dilshan slips but Dhoni misses the stumps ... boy its all happening today

4.2

Khan to Dilshan, no run, again outside leg stump and he mistimes a big hit off the pads

4.3

Khan to Dilshan, no run, lovely ball, pitches and goes on with the angle, and at a good height, to beat Dilshan as he pushes down the wrong line

4.4

Khan to Dilshan, 1 wide, shorter ball down the pads, Dilshan goes for a hook and misses as the ball deviates, Dhoni leaps across and pulls off a very good one-handed collection

4.4

Khan to Dilshan, no run, aims for the blockhole and Dilshan digs the ball back to Zaheer

4.5

Khan to Dilshan, 1 run, good ball, good length, pitches on off and straightens, Dilshan pushes at it and edges along the ground toward gully

4.6

Khan to Jayasuriya, no run, pitches it on a length, Jayasuriya presses forward and pushes it nicely to Jadeja at mid-off

End of over 5 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 20/1 (RR: 4.00)

    • ST Jayasuriya 9 (17b 2x4)
    • TM Dilshan 9 (12b)
    • Z Khan 3-0-9-1
    • A Nehra 2-0-11-0

That silly mid-off is in pretty close ...

5.1

Nehra to Dilshan, no run, well bowled, on a length, some cut back in, Dilshan stands there and angles the bat down on the ball to chop it toward backward point

5.2

Nehra to Dilshan, 1 wide, full outside leg stump, Dilshan heaves and misses, wide called

5.2

Nehra to Dilshan, no run, hits a tidy length on middle and off, straightens, sits up off a patch and Dilshan, pressing forward, does well to adjust and play it back with soft hands

5.3

Nehra to Dilshan, no run, gets tall and forces a shorter ball straight to backward point

5.4

Nehra to Dilshan, 1 run, pitches short and stays low as it angles across, Dilshan plays a hurried pull shot and manages to connect on the ball to play it to square leg

5.5

Nehra to Jayasuriya, 1 run, tentatively pushes a length ball to backward point, where Raina and Kohli have some miscommunication, so a single in the end for Jayasuriya

5.6

Nehra to Dilshan, no run, bangs it in and gets it to sit up from outside off stump, forcing Dilshan to hop back and push at the ball, but he removes the bottom hand and fends to the off

Vidhushi Rambukwella: "It's so hazy and foggy! Aren't ODI conditions supposed to be better before a match is to progress? Isn't there a high chance of batsmen getting injured? And what of having the same conditions for both the innings? Isn't very fair is it??"

Those patches in the pitch that cause the ball to awkwardly jump are a definite concern.

End of over 6 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 23/1 (RR: 3.83)

    • TM Dilshan 10 (17b)
    • ST Jayasuriya 10 (18b 2x4)
    • A Nehra 3-0-14-0
    • Z Khan 3-0-9-1
6.1

Khan to Jayasuriya, no run, comes forward and pushes to cover

6.2

Khan to Jayasuriya, 2 runs, slants back in from outside off but he clips his wrists and works it out to deep backward square leg, where the debutant Tyagi fumbles and allows a second

6.3

Khan to Jayasuriya, 1 run, pushes forward and plays away from the body, getting an inside edge to short fine leg

6.4

Khan to Dilshan, no run, shapes back in from middle and off, Dilshan gets back and turns it

6.5

Khan to Dilshan, no run, gets some lift off the track and that's what beats Dilshan, who flays at width and gets beaten on the angle

6.6

Khan to Dilshan, no run, fuller ball just around off stump and he defends to cover

Watchful start because the pitch has played tricky.

End of over 7 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 26/1 (RR: 3.71)

    • TM Dilshan 10 (20b)
    • ST Jayasuriya 13 (21b 2x4)
    • Z Khan 4-0-12-1
    • A Nehra 3-0-14-0

Hansen from Hong Kong: "In response to Vidhushi Rambukwella - that's cricket."

7.1

Nehra to Jayasuriya, 1 run, hops up and steers a short ball in the air wide of backward point

7.2

Nehra to Dilshan, no run, pitches outside leg, swings in, Dilshan again goes hard at the ball and cannot time it well at all

7.3

Nehra to Dilshan, no run, change of pace, angles across Dilshan who stops the shot as the ball skids past him and stays very low, not carrying well to Dhoni behind the stumps

7.4

Nehra to Dilshan, FOUR, bad ball, short and wide and he slaps it between cover and point, hit uppishly but he timed it well and hit it hard for his first boundary in 23 deliveries

The slips have been removed ...

7.5

Nehra to Dilshan, no run, pitches it up on middle and off and he defends watchfully

7.6

Nehra to Dilshan, no run, angles across off a length and gets some bounce but he plays it on top and dabs it down with soft hands wide of backward point

End of over 8 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 31/1 (RR: 3.87)

    • TM Dilshan 14 (25b 1x4)
    • ST Jayasuriya 14 (22b 2x4)
    • A Nehra 4-0-19-0
    • Z Khan 4-0-12-1
8.1

Khan to Jayasuriya, no run, short of a length outside off, no movement, defended on the hop

A regular number of deliveries are staying lower than expected.

8.2

Khan to Jayasuriya, 1 run, pitched up, getting Jayasuriya to drive, he pushes it back to Zaheer's right, he gets a hand to take pace off the ball but allows a single

8.3

Khan to Dilshan, no run, another heave to one pitching outside leg, and more mistiming, Jayasuriya starts off but retreats as short fine leg runs in to collect

8.4

Khan to Dilshan, no run, back of a length, forcing Dilshan onto the back foot, then it stays low while jagging back, beats the bat and doesn't carry to Dhoni

8.5

Khan to Dilshan, 1 run, fuller ball on the pads, flicked to square leg, sets off, Gambhir throws at the stumps but misses and Jayasuriya makes it home

8.6

Khan to Jayasuriya, 1 wide, wide down the pads off a shorter length

8.6

Khan to Jayasuriya, no run, pitches leg and straightens, Jayasuriya plays it to midwicket

Conditions will improve, which is why fielding first is crucial. What's more worrying are those patches.

End of over 9 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 34/1 (RR: 3.77)

    • ST Jayasuriya 15 (25b 2x4)
    • TM Dilshan 15 (28b 1x4)
    • Z Khan 5-0-15-1
    • A Nehra 4-0-19-0
9.1

Nehra to Dilshan, FOUR, drifts down the pads and Dilshan plays a pick-up shot, safely wide of any fielder, and the ball drops just inside the ropes at deep backward square leg

9.2

Nehra to Dilshan, no run, he's hurt! The ball rears up from just back of a length and smacks Dilshan on the left arm, and despite wearing an arm guard he immediately reacts in pain, throwing the bat away toward square leg and dropping to his knees ... this pitch is a bad one, and something should now be said by the players .. that one jagged up off a patch and surprised him totally, he wasn't in position to play it and took it flush on the left forearm ... we will have a delay in play ... drinks come on for the players ... Nehra talks to Dilshan ... big huddle near the stumps as Dilshan gets treated

Well, the Sri Lankans seem content to continue playing. None of the on-air commentators have spoken about the nature of his track yet. Surprising. It isn't safe at the moment.

9.3

Nehra to Dilshan, no run, short of a length on the stumps and Dilshan gets in line nicely

9.4

Nehra to Dilshan, no run, fuller ball brings him onto the front foot defending to cover

9.5

Nehra to Dilshan, no run, gets back and hits a short ball but can't beat Kohli at backward point

9.6

Nehra to Dilshan, 1 run, goes to hook a short ball outside leg stump and gets a thick top-edge down toward third man where Harbhajan runs across in a hurry and does well to pull it back

End of over 10 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 39/1 (RR: 3.90)

    • TM Dilshan 20 (34b 2x4)
    • ST Jayasuriya 15 (25b 2x4)
    • A Nehra 5-0-24-0
    • Z Khan 5-0-15-1

Second Powerplay taken.

10.1

Khan to Dilshan, no run, shot and well stopped! Zaheer drops short, Dilshan pulls smack to square leg, making sure to roll the wrists, and Gambhir does really well to save four, getting his body in the ball's way

10.2

Khan to Dilshan, no run, overpitched, he throws the bat at ball but can't beat cover-point

10.3

Khan to Dilshan, no run, beats him with the length and angle as he flays away

10.4

Khan to Dilshan, no run, good ball, pitches back of a length and holds its line to beat the bat

Amit: "Here we are already crying for the conditions and pitch favouring the bowlers, I think thats pretty mean to the bowlers who suffered throughout the series dominated by the batsmen because of the batting friendly conditions and pitches. C'mon guys be fair its cricket."

10.5

Khan to Dilshan, OUT, edged and gone, superb bowling! Having beaten the edge already this over, Zaheer brings his line fractionally closer to middle and off and shapes it away, making Dilshan play, and the angle draws a nick through to Dhoni

TM Dilshan c †Dhoni b Khan 20 (61m 39b 2x4 0x6) SR: 51.28

Dilshan was frustrated at having slapped two balls to the fielder, and then been beaten on two more, which were back of a length. Then on the last, Zaheer went ever so fuller and pitched on the stumps. Edged and taken. Good over.

10.6

Khan to Sangakkara, no run, comes onto the front foot and defends to cover

So that is a wicket-maiden for Zaheer.

Yogesh: "In the series so far, all the matches have gone in a way that "loose the toss and win the match". If Srilanka wins today, will it be the first time in history to have a whole ODI series like that?"

Mate, I haven't the foggiest.

End of over 11 (wicket maiden) Sri Lanka 39/2 (RR: 3.54)

    • KC Sangakkara 0 (1b)
    • ST Jayasuriya 15 (25b 2x4)
    • Z Khan 6-1-15-2
    • A Nehra 5-0-24-0

Sudeep Tyagi gets the ball on debut. Bowling to Jayasuriya from over the stumps. What a moment.

11.1

Tyagi to Jayasuriya, no run, pitches it up, the ball stays low and Jayasuriya shoulders arms

11.2

Tyagi to Jayasuriya, no run, and again some variable bounce as he leaves be outside off

11.3

Tyagi to Jayasuriya, 1 leg bye, whoah, from toe to tip! After two low balls, this one pitches back of length, spits up and takes the shoulder of the bat as Jayasuriya presses it at it, there is some serious bounce if you find the spot

11.4

Tyagi to Sangakkara, no run, comes forward and tries to work it to third man but the bounce beats him

11.5

Tyagi to Sangakkara, no run, fuller ball, comes forward and pushes it to mid-off

11.6

Tyagi to Sangakkara, no run, goes full outside off and Sangakkara leaves it be

So that is a maiden over on debut from young Tyagi. Good start.

End of over 12 (1 run, maiden) Sri Lanka 40/2 (RR: 3.33)

    • KC Sangakkara 0 (4b)
    • ST Jayasuriya 15 (28b 2x4)
    • S Tyagi 1-1-0-0
    • Z Khan 6-1-15-2
12.1

Khan to Jayasuriya, FOUR, edged for four! Jayasuriya comes forward to a fullish ball, aiming to hit it on the rise over mid-off, but the movement draws a thick outside edge down to third man

12.2

Khan to Jayasuriya, 1 wide, slides down the pads off a shorter length

Rathish: "I dnt see any wrong with this pitch. I would like to see bowlers coming into this game and perform well as a reward for their poor performances on batting friendly pitches in previous games. This is cricket and should not be a computer game. Both the bowler and baster should have enough help from the track."

12.2

Khan to Jayasuriya, no run, big appeal! This ball pitches back of a length, shapes in, stays low and hits the front foot as he presses forward, but the appeal is turned down because the impact was outside the line

12.3

Khan to Jayasuriya, no run, lunges forward at a fuller one and defends with an inside edge

12.4

Khan to Jayasuriya, no run, good length just outside off, he closes the face and defends to cover

12.5

Khan to Jayasuriya, no run, shorter ball down the leg side, clips the pads, Dhoni collects

12.6

Khan to Jayasuriya, no run, back of a length on the stumps and he defends

End of over 13 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 45/2 (RR: 3.46)

    • ST Jayasuriya 19 (34b 3x4)
    • KC Sangakkara 0 (4b)
    • Z Khan 7-1-20-2
    • S Tyagi 1-1-0-0

KM: "I totally agree with what Amit said. Besides, cricket is meant to be a good contest between bat and ball. For past four games, the conditions were in favor of batsmen, but now it's the bowlers. This is what I'll define as a good contest."

Dilan: "@Rathish: Buddy, I'd like to see you batting on this pitch."

Karan: "This just shows the hypocrisy among the fans. On a batting wicket, we want some help for bowlers, on a tricky wicket we condemn the swing. Why cant we simply realize that the quality of batting is so poor now that the moment it swings a bit, every team crumbles, and blames the conditions."

13.1

Tyagi to Sangakkara, no run, full outside off, he leans into a drive but cannot beat the man at cover

13.2

Tyagi to Sangakkara, no run, and again, laces a firm drive to cover where Raina dives and saves four

13.3

Tyagi to Sangakkara, no run, good length this time and Sangakkara is forced to defend

RE Wickramsinghe: "Come on guys! If India were batting we won't be complaining about the pitch! It's been a good series played in sporting spirit- don't ruin it now! Hope it's a close match!"

13.4

Tyagi to Sangakkara, 1 run, a bit too straight so he tucks it off his pads for a single

13.5

Tyagi to Jayasuriya, no run, plays at a fullish ball without much footwork, looking to chop it fine, and gets an inside edge onto his boot

13.6

Tyagi to Jayasuriya, 1 run, full and wide, Jayasuriya square-drives hard to backward point where there's a fumble due to the uneven bounce

End of over 14 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 47/2 (RR: 3.35)

    • ST Jayasuriya 20 (36b 3x4)
    • KC Sangakkara 1 (8b)
    • S Tyagi 2-1-2-0
    • Z Khan 7-1-20-2
14.1

Khan to Jayasuriya, (no ball) FOUR, oversteps, bowls it full outside off and Jayasuriya drives the ball into the gap at extra cover for four, and sets himself up for the free hit

14.1

Khan to Jayasuriya, FOUR, bad ball, full toss outside off, Jayasuriya hangs on the back foot and smacks the ball between midwicket and mid-on

Chaks: "I agree with you all. In fact, the real talent of the batsman comes in to picture in trying conditions. I would rather wait and see who succeeds on this pitch. Dilshan is already gone. Lets see what Sehwag does."

Good comment to close the discussion. I need to also focus on typing the deliveries!

14.2

Khan to Jayasuriya, no run, better delivery, back of a length outside off and he defends to cover

14.3

Khan to Jayasuriya, no run, pitches on a good length and he defends down the track

14.4

Khan to Jayasuriya, 2 runs, change of pace, a bit fuller too, Jayasuriya turns it off his front pad into the gap at square leg and runs hard

14.5

Khan to Jayasuriya, no run, bowls it on a length outside off stump to bring him on the front foot, pushing to cover

14.6

Khan to Jayasuriya, no run, beaten! Lovely ball to end the over, pitches fuller to again commit Jayasuriya onto the front foot, but then it curls away from the bat and beats the outer edge

End of over 15 (11 runs) Sri Lanka 58/2 (RR: 3.86)

    • ST Jayasuriya 30 (43b 5x4)
    • KC Sangakkara 1 (8b)
    • Z Khan 8-1-31-2
    • S Tyagi 2-1-2-0
15.1

Tyagi to Sangakkara, OUT, in the air and taken at cover! First wicket in ODIs for Tyagi, who pitches it up and gets Sangakkara chasing on the rise, he fails to keep the ball down and Raina catches

KC Sangakkara c Raina b Tyagi 1 (24m 9b 0x4 0x6) SR: 11.11

Third wicket for Sri Lanka, who are now stumbling. Sangakkara played that uppish drive with too much bottom hand and picked out the fielder. In walks Samaraweera. A slip comes in.

15.2

Tyagi to Samaraweera, 1 run, short of a length on middle and off, defended off the back foot, runs hard and gets one

15.3

Tyagi to Jayasuriya, no run, pitches full and wide, stays low, very low, Jayasuriya flashes and misses and Dhoni does well to stop the ball, because it jumped up off the second bounce

15.4

Tyagi to Jayasuriya, no run, similar line and this time he shoulders arms

15.5

Tyagi to Jayasuriya, no run, another one rises from back of a length and surprises Jayasuriya and hits him on the knuckles, he winces in pain as he sets off for a single toward square leg, then goes back and calls for attention for his fingers

15.6

Tyagi to Jayasuriya, 1 run, throws the bat at a full and wide ball and goes over cover, how many times have we seen this legend to that? This time its only a single, but the intent is there ... is it Sanath's day?

End of over 16 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 60/3 (RR: 3.75)

    • ST Jayasuriya 31 (47b 5x4)
    • TT Samaraweera 1 (1b)
    • S Tyagi 3-1-4-1
    • Z Khan 8-1-31-2

First sign of spin, its going to be Harbhajan from around the stumps with one slip.

16.1

Harbhajan Singh to Jayasuriya, no run, slowly tossed up and he pushes off the front foot to cover

16.2

Harbhajan Singh to Jayasuriya, no run, ah, beauty! More air, lovely tossed up delivery, dips and hits the seam and beats the forward press

16.3

Harbhajan Singh to Jayasuriya, no run, another good ball on middle and off, which is this time defended

16.4

Harbhajan Singh to Jayasuriya, OUT, he's a dead duck! Harbhajan makes no time in striking, bowling a flatter, quicker ball on off stump that goes on straight, the top spinner, which doesn't bounce and hits middle and leg as Jayasuriya gets the bat down too late

ST Jayasuriya lbw b Harbhajan Singh 31 (94m 51b 5x4 0x6) SR: 60.78

That is Harbhajan's 100th wicket in India. The crowd roars. Sri Lanka slide further. Here's Kandamby.

16.5

Harbhajan Singh to Kandamby, no run, tosses it up on a length and he defends it back watchfully

16.6

Harbhajan Singh to Kandamby, 1 run, slides in and he clips off it the stumps, well played

Good over from Harbhajan. Slowed the pace, bowled one faster, and got a big wicket.

End of over 17 (1 run) Sri Lanka 61/4 (RR: 3.58)

    • SHT Kandamby 1 (2b)
    • TT Samaraweera 1 (1b)
    • Harbhajan Singh 1-0-1-1
    • S Tyagi 3-1-4-1
17.1

Tyagi to Kandamby, no run, hits a length and he runs the ball toward backward point

17.2

Tyagi to Kandamby, 1 run, goes back on one leg and opens the face, steering the ball to backward point where Kohli dives and parries it away toward third man

17.3

Tyagi to Samaraweera, 1 run, back of a length on middle and off, Samaraweera walks across and rolls the wrists to just knock the ball between midwicket and square leg

17.4

Tyagi to Kandamby, no run, bowls this one short of a length on the stumps, Kandamby hops back into position to defend

17.5

Tyagi to Kandamby, no run, change of pace and length, bowls it fuller and Kandamby blocks

17.6

Tyagi to Kandamby, OUT, terrible call for a run and Samaraweera goes! Good bowling, just back of a length, Kandamby goes back, opens the face and dabs the ball toward cover and sets off without looking at his partner, Samaraweera gets a late start and struggles to get down, Raina runs to his left from point, collects, and nails the sticks with a one-bounce direct hit

TT Samaraweera run out 2 (16m 2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 100.00

Bad running. Slow start from Samaraweera. He did sort of respond to Kandamby but was too slow.

End of over 18 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 63/5 (RR: 3.50)

    • SHT Kandamby 2 (7b)
    • S Tyagi 4-1-6-1
    • Harbhajan Singh 1-0-1-1
18.1

Harbhajan Singh to Kandamby, no run, tossed up outside off, left alone

18.2

Harbhajan Singh to Kandamby, no run, tossed up and defended

18.3

Harbhajan Singh to Kandamby, no run, tossed up, goes back and defends

18.4

Harbhajan Singh to Kandamby, 2 runs, goes back and knocks the ball into the gap, runs hard

18.5

Harbhajan Singh to Kandamby, 1 run, tossed up, eases forward and pushes the ball to extra cover

18.6

Harbhajan Singh to Pushpakumara, 1 run, quicker ball down the pads, brushed away for a single

End of over 19 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 67/5 (RR: 3.52)

    • M Pushpakumara 1 (1b)
    • SHT Kandamby 5 (12b)
    • Harbhajan Singh 2-0-5-1
    • S Tyagi 4-1-6-1
19.1

Tyagi to Pushpakumara, 1 run, well bowled, short of a length outside off, angles across at a good height and he does well to run it down wide of gully

19.2

Tyagi to Kandamby, 1 run, short of a length on the pads, runs it down for a single

19.3

Tyagi to Pushpakumara, no run, short of a length on off stump, he stands tall and plays to point

19.4

Tyagi to Pushpakumara, no run, fuller ball a foot outside off, tails back as he shoulders arms

19.5

Tyagi to Pushpakumara, no run, pitches it up now and Pushpakumara drives toward extra cover

19.6

Tyagi to Pushpakumara, 1 wide, short ball angles down leg stump, Pushpakumara tries to play it fine off his hips but cannot get bat on ball

19.6

Tyagi to Pushpakumara, 1 run, oh hell! Another corker from that patch, pitches back of a length and nearly knocks Pushpakumara's head off, he takes his eyes off it as the ball rears up toward his head, he ends up fending it down wide of slip

End of over 20 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 71/5 (RR: 3.55)

    • M Pushpakumara 3 (6b)
    • SHT Kandamby 6 (13b)
    • S Tyagi 5-1-10-1
    • Harbhajan Singh 2-0-5-1

A short leg joins slip as Harbhajan bowls from around the stumps ...

20.1

Harbhajan Singh to Pushpakumara, 1 run, tossed up, the ball turns and bounces, Pushpakumara pushes at it and inside-edges past short leg

20.2

Harbhajan Singh to Kandamby, 1 run, slower ball drifts down the pads, Kandamby turns the face and gets one

20.3

Harbhajan Singh to Pushpakumara, no run, flatter ball pushed through quicker outside off, Pushpakumara plays a sweep and gets rapped on the pads outside the line and that ball did not turn either

20.4

Harbhajan Singh to Pushpakumara, no run, beaten in the air by a slower one, he goes at it and misses

20.5

Harbhajan Singh to Pushpakumara, no run, pitches on a length and Pushpakumara defends off the back foot

20.6

Harbhajan Singh to Pushpakumara, no run, well bowled, much slower, Pushpakumara drives and inside-edges

Harbhajan is varying his pace really well.

End of over 21 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 73/5 (RR: 3.47)

    • M Pushpakumara 4 (11b)
    • SHT Kandamby 7 (14b)
    • Harbhajan Singh 3-0-7-1
    • S Tyagi 5-1-10-1
21.1

Tyagi to Kandamby, no run, short of a length on middle and off and he defends

21.2

Tyagi to Kandamby, 1 run, pitches fractionally outside leg and he goes back and across to glance it for a single

21.3

Tyagi to Pushpakumara, no run, pushes a fuller ball straight to Kohli at backward point

21.4

Tyagi to Pushpakumara, no run, full and wide, Pushpakumara tries to steer it fine but misses

21.5

Tyagi to Pushpakumara, 1 wide, down the pads for a wide

21.5

Tyagi to Pushpakumara, no run, short of a length outside leg stump, he tries to get over the bounce and turn it for a single but ends up mistiming the shot off his pads

21.6

Tyagi to Pushpakumara, 1 run, leans into a full ball and threads a drive between the covers

End of over 22 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 76/5 (RR: 3.45)

    • M Pushpakumara 5 (15b)
    • SHT Kandamby 8 (16b)
    • S Tyagi 6-1-13-1
    • Harbhajan Singh 3-0-7-1
22.1

Harbhajan Singh to Pushpakumara, no run, well bowled, slowly tossed up, gets some turn, pushed to cover

22.2

Harbhajan Singh to Pushpakumara, 1 run, flatter ball, Pushpakumara sweeps against the turn from outside the line and plays it out to Tyagi at fine leg

22.3

Harbhajan Singh to Kandamby, no run, slows the pace, holds it in the air a second longer, again gets some turn and Kandamby defends to the off side

22.4

Harbhajan Singh to Kandamby, no run, tidy stuff, flighted on off stump and he stretches forward to defend

22.5

Harbhajan Singh to Kandamby, FOUR, shot! Kandamby reaches out and hits against the turn, flat-batting it from outside off stump into the gap between midwicket and mid-on

22.6

Harbhajan Singh to Kandamby, no run, flighted on middle and leg and he turns it toward mid-on

End of over 23 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 81/5 (RR: 3.52)

    • SHT Kandamby 12 (20b 1x4)
    • M Pushpakumara 6 (17b)
    • Harbhajan Singh 4-0-12-1
    • S Tyagi 6-1-13-1
23.1

Tyagi to Pushpakumara, no run, pitches outside leg and angles across the stumps at good height, Pushpakumara is forced to play at it and does well to edge along the ground to gully

23.2

Tyagi to Pushpakumara, 1 run, now Tyagi bowls full and Pushpakumara rolls the wrists, flicking to midwicket

23.3

Tyagi to Kandamby, no run, good ball! Short of a length, lovely height, he starts to feel for it off the toes and then somehow manages to hold back as the ball seams past his nose

23.4

Tyagi to Kandamby, 1 wide, sharper still, as this one flies up off the track past the batsman, hitting one of those treacherous patches, and Dhoni does really well to stop the ball with one hand, a wide is called for some reason

1.30 It has been two hours since play was stopped. There is no presentation on the horizon, so allow us to sign off for the day. Do read the match report for further details of what transpired today. This is the last ODI of the year, but there are two Test matches going on which our dedicated staff is covering. Here's wishing you all a very happy New Year. On behalf of all us at Cricinfo, this is Jamie Alter signing off. See you next year.

1.10 Interesting bit of information our bulletin writer has just dug up. Per the ICC's Code of Conduct, after the first occasion of a venue producing a pitch unfit for play the immediate punishment is, and I quote: "A suspension of the venue's international status for a period of between 12 and 24 months together with a directive for appropriate remedial action and the need for prior ICC re-accreditation as an international venue." Now that leaves the Kotla's holding any matches in the 2011 World Cup in the balance.

12.55 No sign of anything happening. If and when a post-match event occurs, I will let you know.

12.45 No comments from any umpires or players or captains. We are waiting to see what happens next.

12.30 The game has been abandoned. After lengthy discussions between the match officials, the team staff, the DDCA people and Daljit Singh, the curator, it is deemed an unfit pitch to continue on. Unfortunate for those who packed in early on a cold day but there were too many concerns from early on in the game. The variable bounce was consistent, two batsmen were hit by rising deliveries, and there was a concern that further injuries could be caused. A sad way to end the series. Watch the headlines tomorrow.

In case you are joining us late, you can read this to get an idea of what led to this.

The DDCA, with a history of problems, faces another controversy. Problems seem to follow Daljit as well. Much of the newspaper, web site, TV and tabloid spaces will be populated with discussion, debate and criticism of this match. Oh boy. Nice tone to end the year with, eh?

12.05 Still no word. This has gone on for a while. Javagal Srinath, himself a match referee, says on air that it is within the rules to start an entirely new match on an adjacent strip. But Sunil Gavaskar reckons that that pitch has even more grass. Shifting all the equipment, HawkEye etc, will take too much time, and what if even that pitch is dangerous too?

11.42 Stay with us for further updates. As soon as we get word, you will know. The match has been temporarily abandoned. Shades of this game 12 years ago in Indore, which was called off because the pitch was judged unsafe. The two teams involved then? India and Sri Lanka.

11.38 Alan Hurst, the match referee, and the umpires walk off. Plenty of DDCA and match officials standing on the sidelines. The players are inside.

11.35 Sorry for the confusion. We heard from the ground scorer that it was called off. That has not been confirmed, however. The DDCA officials, the umpires, the curator and the match referee are inspecting the two pitches. The crowd is very restless. Some section are chanting irate slogans.

11.30 The coaches are out. The players are all huddled. Now they are leaving the field, slowly. A few officials are inspecting the second adjacent pitch, which doesn't look any better. The issue is the patches of grass interspersed with patches of baldness. If the ball pitches even fractionally on either side, the result is a low delivery of a riser.

11.20 The umpires meet to discuss the condition of the pitch. Too many deliveries have nearly knocked the batsman's' head off. I will say it again, its a poor pitch to play on. Sangakkara storms out and has words with Dhoni and the umpires. He does not look pleased. On replays, I see that the second that last ball spat up off a length Sangakkara and Jayawardene, sitting on the sidelines, waved at the batsmen. Now the match referee walks out. This is big. The pitch has been bad since the start, and it took this ball to draw a reaction. What about when Dilshan was hit? Dhoni is having a lot to say as well. Plenty of chat.

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